A man in Charsadda has shot and murdered his 18-year-old daughter over a video that went viral.
Reportedly, the video of the girl dancing was uploaded after which the father lost his cool and conducted an act of honour killing.
According to the victim’s mother, Bakhtiar Gul (the father) arrived at the house with a revolver and shot his daughter after a heated argument over the video.
The victim worked in a household in Islamabad as a domestic worker, she had reportedly turned down a marriage proposal from a boy from Swat who also worked there.
As an act of revenge, the boy started to pursue and pressure her, but sticking to her decision she continued to refuse. When he couldn’t contain his anger anymore, he released the clip on social media leading to the honour killing.
Importance of Ending Honour Killings
Ending honour killings in Pakistan is important for a number of reasons. First, honour killings are a violation of human rights, as they involve the murder of individuals for perceived transgressions of societal norms and expectations.
Additionally, honour killings disproportionately affect women and girls, further exacerbating gender-based violence and discrimination. Furthermore, honour killings often occur within families and communities, causing harm and trauma not only to the victim but also to loved ones and witnesses.
Finally, honour killings undermine the rule of law and stability in the society by allowing vigilantism and impunity for heinous crimes. Efforts should be made to stop the social and cultural practice of honour killings.
How to Curb Honour Killing
There are a number of steps that can be taken to curb honour killings:
- Strengthening laws and enforcement: Laws against honour killings should be strengthened and enforced more effectively to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.
- Education and awareness: Raising awareness about the dangers and illegality of honour killings through education and media campaigns can help to change attitudes and perceptions within society.
- Support for victims and their families: Providing support and protection for victims and their families, including legal aid, counselling, and safe housing, can help to reduce the risk of honour killings.
- Addressing root causes: Honor killings are often rooted in cultural and social norms that devalue women and girls. Addressing these underlying issues through education, community engagement, and empowerment programs can help to break the cycle of violence.
- Encourage reporting: There should be a system in place for people to report such cases without fear of retribution and create a safe environment for them.
- Collaboration and coordination: Combating honour killings requires collaboration and coordination between law enforcement, judicial authorities, civil society organizations, and community leaders.
- International cooperation: International cooperation can be important in addressing honour killings, particularly in cases where the victims or perpetrators have fled across national borders.
These actions may not completely eradicate the issue but they will help in reducing it over time.
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